Nov. 13, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -The University of Oklahoma men’s cross country team moved up two spots to No. 6 in the latest national rankings provided Tuesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The Sooners climbed the polls after they were ranked No. 8 the past three weeks. Oklahoma State held onto the top spot while Iona and Stanford tied for second and Wisconsin and Texas rounded out the top five, respectively.
The Crimson and Cream moved up the poll after it tied for first place with in-state foe Oklahoma State at the Midwest Regional meet last weekend in Springfield, Mo., which saw six Sooners take home All-Region honors.
Patrick Casey placed third (30:28.61) overall to lead the Sooners to a fourth-straight NCAA Championship berth and second Midwest Regional title in the past three years. Kevin Williams crossed the finish line with a time of 30:29.25 to take fifth.
Senior Bill Kogel rounded out the top-10 with a 30:34.03 effort, while Riley Masters followed directly behind Kogel in 30:34.17 for 11th place. Andrew Weaver came in at 16th clocking a time of 30:45.96, followed by Ryan Poland who placed 17th with a time of 30:46.21. Brandon Doughty finished 39th crossing the line at 31:15.81.
The men’s team concludes its season with the NCAA Championships on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky., at the NCAA Championships.
Jessica Engel placed fourth overall on the women’s side to automatically qualify as an individual for the second consecutive year.
Louisville will play host to the 2012 NCAA Championships Nov. 17. For the first time since World War II, The NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held on a Saturday instead of a Monday - and for just the second time in a BIG EAST Conference City. With the new date formula prescribing the national meet be held on Saturday before Thanksgiving, and by virtue of the calendar having the earliest possible Thanksgiving this year, the meet will be the earliest in Division I history.
The women’s race will begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. CT, followed by the men’s race at approximately 12:15 p.m. CT. A live webcast of the championships will be broadcast on NCAA.com.